The Project

The new Worth Hills Village development on the TCU campus is a direct response to the increasing demand for on-campus housing and a need for modern housing to accommodate TCU’s active Greek life. KSQ has completed three upper-division residence halls and a multipurpose building with a dining hall and is in the process of creating a new parking garage and a Greek Village with 11 chapter houses that are the new home for 25 TCU fraternity and sorority chapters. The Worth Hills Village provides TCU with 1,342 new beds.

The Details

Project Type: Planning and New Construction
Project Size: In Development (1,342 beds +/- when complete)
Completed: 2018
Client: Texas Christian University
Services: Programming, Planning, Architecture, and Interior Design
Awards: 1st Place Golden Trowel Award–Marion-Clark Halls / Texas Regional and State, Outstanding Design–Campus Master Planning / American School & University
Certification: LEED Gold
Media: University Business“Inside Look: Sustainable Campus Buildings”

Residence Halls

Pamela and Edward Clark and Marion Hall are connected by a dramatic barrel-vault archway serving as both a figurative and literal connector to the surrounding TCU campus. The halls offer 400 suite-style student beds designed for sophomores in a combination of two, three and four-bedroom suites.

Marlene Moss Hays Hall is the third residence hall in Worth Hills Village and has the greatest ratio of common space per student of any building on the TCU campus. The 65,829 SF building accommodates 164 sophomore students in suite-style housing with combinations of two to four-bed suites. Every student suite has its own living room and at least one in-suite bathroom, and each floor has a common area and study rooms.

Dining Hall

Situated to the north of Marion-Clark is the new 39,000 SF King Family Commons. Offering four dining platforms with indoor and outdoor seating (710 seats total), the space supplements the main dining facility on campus and is designed to build community in the new development

Exterior seating is on the south side next to an active route of pedestrians and is shared by large umbrellas. An outdoor amphitheater–equipped with speakers and projection equipment to display images directly on the building’s exterior–is on the east side of the building and creates a space for movie nights, speeches, and live music performances.

Inside, a grand dining area on the first floor features a high, classical barrel-vault ceiling and natural light to create an open and inviting atmosphere. While materials and colors are unique to each dining platform a terrazzo floor with flecks of purple circulating throughout unifies the space.

The building has an open stair (wrapped around a glass-encased elevator) leading to Greek Life offices and flexible spaces for dining, studying, special meetings, and dinners. Soft seating along the edge of the balcony juts out and visually connects with the open stairs and area below; inviting students upstairs as an alternative space.

Greek Village

The Greek Village within Worth Hills is comprised of a series of small, interconnected buildings in a park-like setting with features that create community and embrace Greek culture and ceremony. The 11 houses reflect TCU’s architectural style and chapters are connected in groups of two or three per building with shared interior stairs and elevators. TCU’s Ludowicci clay tile roofs top the houses and brick, cast stone, and stucco are used in a variety of patterns and front proportions for the facades. This variation gives each chapter its own unique identity and entrance along with the chapters having their own front porch with a round or square cast stone column either one or two stories high.

All of the houses are four stories high with fourth-floor bedrooms tucked into the roof area with dormer windows; allowing the overall scale of the buildings to be lower and more residential.

The landscape design incorporates terraces, slopes, groves, and open recreation spaces. Nods to Greek life are incorporated throughout the lawn as a visual show of university support and for ceremonies as well. A Greek-style row of columns numbered to support the Divine Nine is included, as well as an obelisk, ovals, and an ellipse.

“We are so pleased to offer our students another beautiful place to call home on the TCU campus! Marion and Clark halls create a gateway to our developing residential community and connect the Worth Hills community to the campus commons. It is the result of effective planning and programming, brilliant architectural design, and quality construction.”
– Kathy Cavins-Tull, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, TCU
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Two KSQ projects are featured in the “Inside Look: Sustainable Campus Buildings” cover story in the September issue of University Business.